Open Call for a curatorial team for Malta’s national representation at the Venice Biennale 2022

Arts Council Malta has issued a call for a Curatorial Team for The Malta Pavilion at the 59th International Art Exhibition at La Biennale di Venezia 2022.

Due to the COVID-19 outbreak, the 59th edition of the Venice Biennale, formerly scheduled for 2021, was postponed to 2022. The international art show’s next iteration will now run for seven months, from 23 April 2022 to 27 November 2022.

Arts Council Malta, under the auspices of the Ministry for National Heritage, the Arts and Local Government, for the 3rd time running, has been entrusted to act as the Commissioner and the Contracting Authority of the Malta Pavilion at the 59th International Art Exhibition – La Biennale di Venezia.

The Malta Pavilion is approximately 285 square metres with exposed brick walls. It is located at the Artiglierie in the Arsenale Area and it is the same location which hosted the Malta Pavilion during the 57th and the 58th International Art Exhibitions at the Venice Biennale. The Curatorial Teams representing Malta at the 2017 and 2019 editions attracted considerable attention by the international press, with outstanding reviews. These included coverage in prestigious titles such as “The Observer”, which listed it as one of the five best pavilions, and “The Culture Trip” which also listed it as one of “The 10 National Pavilions You Can’t Miss at the Venice Biennale”.

Curatorial Team Requirements

The call is open to:

  • Curatorial Teams with a strong international curatorial track record
  • Multi-national Curatorial Teams that include Maltese individuals in the team as well as Maltese artists will be favourably considered.

Objectives

The Sustainable Development Goals are the blueprint to achieve a better and more sustainable future for all. They address the global challenges we face, including poverty, inequality, climate change, environmental degradation, peace and justice. Arts Council Malta believes that the arts can lead the way and have a constructive dialogue on sustainable development. Thus, proposals which adopt sustainable practices in line with these principles will be given preference.

Applicants are to include timeframes, workplan with collaborators involved, the skills and track record of the individual/group managing and participating in the project, their role(s) within the project, possible risks envisaged and contingency plans, health and safety measures, especially in view of the COVID-19 situation.

Immersive and interactive narratives that are emotional, inspiring and thought provoking, reflecting the world’s new realities, as well as the Sustainable Development Goals will be preferred. 

You can read more information here. Read the guidelines here.

Submission deadline: 5th April 2021, noon (CET)

Arts Council Malta is the national agency for development and investment in the cultural and creative sectors. Its central task is that of effectively funding, supporting and promoting the cultural and creative sectors in Malta.

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